“This new opportunity for hunters will support DEEP efforts to maintain
healthy deer populations and ecosystems,” Rick Jacobson, DEEP
Wildlife Division director, said in the release. “When the density of the deer population in
a given area is too high – as it is in much of
the state – it is not healthy for deer, other species, or forest lands.”
The General Assembly this year approved
Public Act 15-204
, "An Act Authorizing Bow and Arrow Hunting on Certain Private Property on Sundays," the release said.
"This new law authorizes DEEP to establish a season for Sunday bow hunting on private properties during the fall archery season in areas of the state with
an overpopulation of deer. The law also requires that all such hunting must
take place at least 40 yards away from blazed hiking trails. As with
all deer or turkey hunting on private lands, hunters must have written
permission from the land owner."
The fall archery deer
season runs from Sept. 15 through Dec. 31 in most zones, and through the end of January 2016 in Deer Management
Zones 11 and 12, which include communities along Long Island Sound, the release said.
"DEEP determined that Sunday archery deer hunting on private lands will
be permitted in all but three of the state’s Deer Management Zones
(DMZs) based on its assessment of the deer population in each of the
zones. The three zones where Sunday hunting will
NOT be permitted – DMZs 2, 3, and 4A – are in north central
Connecticut, including portions of Hartford, Litchfield, and Tolland
Counties. The DMZs where Sunday hunting on private land will be
permitted include 1, 4b, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12." (see attached map)
"The Deer Program administered by DEEP’s Wildlife Division has focused on
stabilizing or reducing deer population growth for the best long-term
interest of the deer resource, native plant and animal communities, and
the public," the release said.
“Regulated deer hunting has proven to be an ecologically sound, socially
beneficial, and fiscally responsible method of managing deer
populations” Jacobson said, also in the release..
“Our efforts have focused on increasing harvest of antlerless deer,
coordinating controlled hunts for overabundant deer herds, and assisting
communities and large landowners with deer management issues,”
Andrew LaBonte, a Wildlife Division biologist with
Connecticut’s Deer Program said, in the release. “Permitting hunting on Sundays is just one
more tool to aid in those management efforts.”
"Allowing deer hunting on Sundays also provides more opportunity for
hunters to go out in the field during multiple days on the weekend,
instead of just on Saturdays."
“Sunday hunting is expected to increase – by a small percentage – the current annual harvest of about 10,000-13,000 deer for all hunting seasons,” Jacobson said in the release.
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